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Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 (Black) Reviewed on May 9, 2011 Check prices
Product overview
Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 (Black)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.0 stars Good
      Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews

The Bottom Line: Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if you're not picky you'll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory card. Read review

Specs: Exmor R CMOS, 8.8 oz, 2.1 in, 2.2 in, Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 - Camcorder - Flash card, 30 x x Zoom lens - 2.1 mm - 63 mm - F/1.8-3.4, 4.5 in

Canon Vixia HF R400 Reviewed on January 7, 2013 Check prices
Product overview
Canon Vixia HF R400
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.5 stars out of 1 review

The Bottom Line: The low-end HF R series announced at CES survives the annual purge for the slowly dying category. Read review

Specs: CMOS, 8.3 oz, 4.6 in, - Camcorder, Canon VIXIA HF R400 - Flash card, 2.2 in, 2.1 in, 32 x x, Zoom lens - 2.8 mm - 89.6 mm - F/1.8-4.5

Canon Vixia HF R40 Reviewed on January 7, 2013 Check prices
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Canon Vixia HF R40

The Bottom Line: The low-end HF R series announced at CES survives the annual purge for the slowly dying category. Read review

Specs: CMOS, 8.3 oz, 32 x x, Zoom lens - 2.8 mm - 89.6 mm, 2.1 in, 4.6 in, - Camcorder, Canon VIXIA HF R40 - Flash card, - Internal flash memory, 2.2 in

Canon Vixia HF R42 Reviewed on January 7, 2013 Check prices
Product overview
Canon Vixia HF R42

The Bottom Line: The low-end HF R series announced at CES survives the annual purge for the slowly dying category. Read review

Specs: CMOS, 8.3 oz, - Camcorder, Canon VIXIA HF R42 - Flash card, 52 x x, Zoom lens - 2.8 mm - 89.6 mm - F/1.8-4.5, 2.1 in, 4.6 in, 2.2 in

Canon Vixia HF100 Reviewed on April 16, 2008 Check prices
Product overview
Canon Vixia HF100
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.0 stars out of 29 reviews

The Bottom Line: One of a pair of Canon's first flash-based camcorders, the Canon Vixia HF100, delivers excellent HD video quality and performance in a tiny package. Read review

Specs: CMOS, 13.4 oz, 2.9 in, 12 x x Zoom lens - 4.8 mm - 57 mm - F/1.8-3.0, 5.1 in, Canon VIXIA HF100 - Camcorder - Flash card, 2.5 in

Sony Handycam HDR-PJ10 Reviewed on October 3, 2011 Check prices
Product overview
Sony Handycam HDR-PJ10
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.5 stars out of 4 reviews

The Bottom Line: You're paying a couple hundred extra for the projector in the otherwise frills-free Sony Handycam HDR-PJ10 over its identical twin, the CX160. But if you regularly show off your vacation videos in the homes of friends and family then it's worth it. Read review

Specs: CMOS, 10.9 oz, Sony Handycam HDR-PJ10 - Camcorder - Flash card, 2.6 in, 5 in, 30 x x Zoom lens - 2.1 mm - 63 mm - F/1.8-3.4, 2.3 in

Sony Handycam HDR-PJ430 Reviewed on January 8, 2013 Check prices
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Sony Handycam HDR-PJ430

The Bottom Line: Despite a perceived lull in the camcorder market, Sony announces 10 models at CES. Read review

Specs: Exmor R CMOS, 12.2 oz, 2.6 in, 2.4 in, 30 x x, Zoom lens - 1.9 mm - 57 mm - F/1.8-4.0 G, - Camcorder, Sony Handycam HDR-PJ430V - Flash card, 4.8 in

Canon Vixia HF200 Reviewed on April 20, 2009 Check prices
Product overview
Canon Vixia HF200
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 29 reviews

The Bottom Line: While it's more expensive than its sub-$600 competitors, the Canon Vixia HF20 and Vixia HF200 deliver a more extensive feature set for the extra money. The HF200, which lacks internal memory, is probably a better buy than the HF20, though the HF20's all-black body is a bit classier looking. Read review

Specs: CMOS, 2.99 megapixels, Built-in flash, 12 oz, Canon VIXIA HF200 - Camcorder - Flash card, 2.4 in, 4.9 in, 15 x x Zoom lens - 4.1 mm - 61.5 mm - F/1.8-3.2, 2.8 in

Sony Handycam HDR-CX160 (Black) Reviewed on May 9, 2011 Check prices
Product overview
Sony Handycam HDR-CX160 (Black)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.0 stars Good
      Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.0 stars out of 6 reviews

The Bottom Line: Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if you're not picky you'll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory card. Read review

Specs: Exmor R CMOS, 8.8 oz, 4.5 in, Sony Handycam HDR-CX160 - Camcorder - Flash card, 2.2 in, 30 x x Zoom lens - 2.1 mm - 63 mm - F/1.8-3.4, 2.1 in

Sony Handycam HDR-CX430V (Black)

Specs: Exmor R CMOS, 11.3 oz, 2.3 in, 2.6 in, 30 x x Zoom lens - 1.9 mm - 57 mm - F/1.8-4.0 G, 4.8 in, Sony Handycam HDR-CX430V - Camcorder - Flash card, - Internal flash memory

Panasonic HDC-TM900 Reviewed on November 9, 2011 Check prices
Product overview
Panasonic HDC-TM900
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 5.0 stars out of 1 review

The Bottom Line: Panasonic's trio of prosumer camcorders, the hard-disk-based HDC-HS900 and flash-based TM900 and SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls and features advanced users want. But you have to be willing to baby the white balance a bit. The TM900 is my top pick of the three for its EVF, but if you're on a tight budget the SD800 should suit just fine. Read review

Specs: 3MOS, Built-in flash, 13.9 oz, Leica 12 x x Zoom lens - 3.45 mm - 41.4 mm - F/1.5-2.8, 5.7 in, Panasonic HDC-TM900 - Camcorder - Flash card, 2.6 in, 2.8 in

Canon Vixia HF R300 (Black)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 5.0 stars out of 1 review

Specs: CMOS, 8.8 oz, 4.5 in, 32 x x Zoom lens - 2.8 mm - 89.6 mm - F/1.8-4.5, Canon VIXIA HF R300 - Camcorder - Flash card, 2.2 in, 2.1 in

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V Reviewed on May 26, 2010 Check prices
Product overview
Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 10 reviews

The Bottom Line: The Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V fares well compared with the competition, though its video could be a bit sharper and the interface less cumbersome. Unless you absolutely need to store a lot of video on the camcorder--which I don't suggest--or if have large hands that could benefit from the extra grip that the hard drive provides, the CX550V is a better deal than its hard-disk-based sibling. Read review

Specs: Exmor R CMOS, Built-in flash, 15.5 oz, 5.6 in, 2.6 in, 10 x x Zoom lens - 3.8 mm - 38 mm - F/1.8-3.4, 2.9 in, Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V - Camcorder - Flash card

Canon Vixia HF S100 Reviewed on April 7, 2009 Check prices
Product overview
Canon Vixia HF S100
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.0 stars out of 13 reviews

The Bottom Line: An excellent flash-based prosumer HD camcorder, you may nevertheless pass on the Canon Vixia HF S100 because it lacks an eye-level viewfinder. It's probably a better buy than the identical--but more expensive, because it has 32GB built-in memory--Vixia HF S10. Read review

Specs: CMOS, Pop-up flash, 15.9 oz, 2.8 in, Canon VIXIA HF S100 - Camcorder - Flash card, 10 x x Zoom lens - 6.4 mm - 64 mm - F/1.8-3.0, 2.7 in, 5.4 in

Canon Vixia HF M500
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.0 stars out of 2 reviews

Specs: HD CMOS Pro, 10.9 oz, 2.5 in, 4.8 in, Canon VIXIA HF M500 - Camcorder - Flash card, 10 x x Zoom lens - 6.1 mm - 61 mm - F/1.8-3.0, 2.7 in

Canon Vixia HF20 Reviewed on April 20, 2009 Check prices
Product overview
Canon Vixia HF20
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 17 reviews

The Bottom Line: While it's more expensive than its sub-$600 competitors, the Canon Vixia HF20 and Vixia HF200 deliver a more extensive feature set for the extra money. The HF200, which lacks internal memory, is probably a better buy than the HF20, though the HF20's all-black body is a bit classier-looking. Read review

Specs: CMOS, 2.99 megapixels, Built-in flash, 12 oz, 2.8 in, Canon VIXIA HF20 - Camcorder - Flash card, 2.4 in, 15 x x Zoom lens - 4.1 mm - 61.5 mm - F/1.8-3.2, 4.9 in

Sony DCR-DVD650 Reviewed on October 13, 2009 Check prices
Product overview
Sony DCR-DVD650
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.0 stars Good
      Overall score: 6.6 (3.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.0 stars out of 7 reviews

The Bottom Line: The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD650 offers an all-in-one, on-the-go way to capture standard-def video and burn it to a DVD, but hard-disk-drive and flash-memory models are otherwise a better option. Read review

Specs: Advanced HAD CCD, 13.8 oz, 3.5 in, 2.2 in, Carl Zeiss 60 x x Zoom lens - 1.8 mm - 108 mm - F/1.8-6.0, 5.1 in, Sony Handycam DCR-DVD650 - Camcorder - Flash card, - DVD

Canon Vixia HF M40 (Black) Reviewed on May 3, 2011 Check prices
Product overview
Canon Vixia HF M40 (Black)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.0 stars out of 3 reviews

The Bottom Line: A fine follow-up to last year's M3xx series, the Canon Vixia M4xx series should please most home-movie-oriented videographers despite its relatively high price. If you don't need the EVF, the M400 is your best buy, but if you'll be shooting a lot in sunlight, it's worth it to step up to the M41. Read review

Specs: CMOS, 12.3 oz, 2.9 in, - F/1.8 - 3.0, 10 x x Zoom lens - 6.1 mm - 61 mm, 2.8 in, Canon VIXIA HF M40 - Camcorder - Flash card, 5.2 in

Canon Vixia HF M30 Reviewed on August 5, 2010 Check prices
Product overview
Canon Vixia HF M30
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 10 reviews

The Bottom Line: At its best, the Canon Vixia HF M3x series--composed of the M300, M30, M31, and M32--delivers a very good blend of video quality, features, and performance for the money, but some people may find the touch-screen interface extremely frustrating to use and the battery life painfully short. Plus, you really need to bump up to the highest bit rate quality. Of the series, the HF M300 is the best deal. Read review

Specs: CMOS, Built-in flash, 11.3 oz, Canon VIXIA HF M30 - Camcorder - Flash card, 15 x x Zoom lens - 4.1 mm - 61.5 mm - F/1.8-3.2, 4.8 in, 2.4 in, 2.7 in

Panasonic HDC-HS80 Reviewed on May 20, 2011 Check prices
Product overview
Panasonic HDC-HS80
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.0 stars Good
      Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews

The Bottom Line: A functional trio of camcorders, the Panasonic HDC-SD80, TM80, and HS80 are notable for their manual exposure controls (unusual for their price class) and well-designed touch-screen interface, but otherwise you can find better options. Of the three, the SD80 is the best choice simply on price. Read review

Specs: MOS, 9.3 oz, 37 x x Zoom lens - 2.38 mm - 81 mm - F/1.8-4, 4.3 in, 2.4 in, Panasonic HDC-HS80 - Camcorder - Hard disk drive, - Flash card, 2.5 in

Canon Vixia HF S10 Reviewed on April 6, 2009 Check prices
Product overview
Canon Vixia HF S10
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 5.0 stars out of 7 reviews

The Bottom Line: An excellent flash-based prosumer HD camcorder, you may nevertheless pass on the Canon Vixia HF S10 because it lacks an eye-level viewfinder. And the identical--but cheaper, because it has no built-in memory--Vixia HF S100 may also be a better buy. Read review

Specs: CMOS, Pop-up flash, 15.9 oz, 5.4 in, 2.8 in, 10 x x Zoom lens - 6.4 mm - 64 mm - F/1.8-3.0, 2.7 in, Canon VIXIA HF S10 - Camcorder - Flash card

Panasonic SDR-H85 (Black) Reviewed on March 23, 2010 Check prices
Product overview
Panasonic SDR-H85 (Black)

The Bottom Line: The Panasonic SDR-H85 standard-definition camcorder is worth considering for its manual controls and powerful zoom lens in a very compact body--not video quality. Read review

Specs: CCD, 9.6 oz, 4.2 in, Panasonic SDR-H85 - Camcorder - Hard disk drive, - Flash card, 70 x x Zoom lens - 1.48 mm - 104 mm - F/1.9-5.7, 2.5 in, 2.2 in

Panasonic HDC-HS900 Reviewed on November 9, 2011 Check prices
Product overview
Panasonic HDC-HS900

The Bottom Line: Panasonic's trio of prosumer camcorders, the hard-disk-based HDC-HS900 and flash-based TM900 and SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls and features advanced users want. But you have to be willing to baby the white balance a bit. The TM900 is my top pick of the three for its EVF, but if you're on a tight budget the SD800 should suit just fine. Read review

Specs: 3MOS, Built-in flash, 16 oz, 2.6 in, 2.8 in, Leica 12 x x Zoom lens - 3.45 mm - 41.4 mm - F/1.5-2.8, 5.7 in, Panasonic HDC-HS900 - Camcorder - Hard disk drive, - Flash card

Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 Reviewed on February 12, 2009 Check prices
Product overview
Sony Handycam HDR-CX12
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.0 stars out of 8 reviews

The Bottom Line: As the flash-memory-based equivalent of the HDR-SR11, the Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 serves up the same pleasing performance and quality as its hard-drive cousin. Read review

Specs: ClearVid CMOS, Built-in flash, 15.9 oz, 5.4 in, Carl Zeiss 12 x x Zoom lens - 5.9 mm - 58.8 mm - F/1.8-3.1, 3 in, Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 - Camcorder - Flash card, 3.3 in

Panasonic SDR-H40
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.5 stars out of 32 reviews

Specs: CCD, 12 oz, Panasonic SDR-H40 - Camcorder - Hard disk drive, 2.6 in, 2.8 in, 42 x x Zoom lens - 1.8 mm - 75.6 mm - F/1.9-4.3, 4.6 in

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